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AREA CODE 312 – TELEPHONE: 684-1282 [[image - Greek symbols]] Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority INCORPORATED ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA OFFICE: 5211 S. GREENWOOD AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60615 [[image - photograph of Earnestine G. McNealey]] Earnestine G. McNealey Executive Director 51st Boule or National Convention July 22-27 Washington Convention Center Washington, D.C. Theme: "AKA Power: Energizing for the 21st Century" Mrs. Carolyn Troupe, Hostess Chairman [[image - photograph of Faye B. Bryant]]]] Faye B. Bryant National President MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT: One of the keys to power or progress for blacks is Political Participation. It is the exercise of political power that has a positive or negative effect on how we fare in all areas. The ballot box is a powerful tool for any group. If blacks are to fare well in the 80's, we must begin to take advantage of the untapped black vote in order to increase political awareness and clout and hence gain political power. Non-partisan voter activities must be staged to increase the level of black citizen participation in the electoral process. The challenge for blacks is to continue the 1982 momentum into 1984 by registering voters and getting voters to the polls. FACTS IN BRIEF Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a nucleus of more than 75,000 college-trained women. From her inception as a single undergraduate chapter in Washington D.C., Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown to more than 700 undergraduate and graduate chapters in 47 states, West Africa, The Bahamas, The Virgin Islands, and Germany. Since its inception as America's premiere Greek-lettered organization for Black women in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha's r'aison d'etre has been serving mankind, as evidenced by the following, Alpha Kappa Alpha: • Awards more than $500,000 in scholarships annually. • Provides leadership training for high school and college students and adults. • Sponsors Domestic and Foreign Travel Tours for high school and college students. • Operates local service projects based on the needs of the communities where its chapters exist, including programs on: – Competency – Educational Enrichment – Health Care – The Arts – Leadership – Heritage – Collaboration Since its inception, Alpha Kappa Alpha's impact has been felt through service projects. Alpha Kappa Alpha: • Launched the first mobile health clinic in the United States. • Organized the first civil rights lobby. • Mounted an economic attack on poverty by becoming the first predominantly Black organization to acquire a government contract to operate a Job Corps Center. • Launched the first project on Sickle Cell Anemia. • Underwrote the purchase of Martin Luther King's birthplace for the MLK Center of Social Change. • Contributed more than one-half million dollars to the United Negro College Fund. • Is largest organizational contributor to the NAACP. • Filed "amicus curiae" brief in Fullilove vs Kreps for 10% minority contractors set-aside. • Launched collaboration conference for undergraduates from major Black sororities and fraternities with focus on Leadership. • Established 501(c)(3) Foundation for charitable purposes of education and research. 335
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